As a result of Darwin Nunez’s first-ever goal, Liverpool won their first piece of hardware of the new season by defeating Manchester City by a score of 3-1. The Reds’ brand-new striker cost £64 million ($76 million), and his goal in stoppage time ensured that the first trophy of the season will be brought to Anfield. The Uruguayan celebrated loudly in front of his new, adoring fans, earning himself a booking in the process for removing his shirt while doing so.
An earlier goal scored by Julian Alvarez had canceled out a goal scored by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the first half. However, a goal scored by Mohamed Salah from the penalty spot after Ruben Dias had handled Nunez’s headed effort restored Liverpool’s lead. Erling Haaland, City’s new center forward, made his debut for the club, but the Norwegian had a frustrating afternoon that was capped when he missed a glorious late opportunity from inside the six-yard box. City gave their new center forward, Erling Haaland, his first start.
At the King Power Stadium, in what has become customary practice to serve as the season’s opening contest, the two teams squared off against one another. After the referee blew the final whistle, Liverpool was the only side celebrating their win.